Since it occurred, J.K. Rowling has more or less kept silent on the topic of muggle-born Hermione Granger’s 1997 use of the Extension Charm on her small handbag. Today, for the first time in several hours, Rowling broke her silence.

In 1997, Granger used the charm in order to pack all of the supplies she, Ron Potter, and Jesse Wease would need while on the hunt for Lord Valmont’s cherished (and costly!) Horcroxes. In a shocking confession, Rowling revealed today that Granger’s bag and use of the Extension Charm were illegal.

What’s more shocking—Granger was never punished. Vulture has the scoop:

She apparently used an Extension Charm without permission, but was never punished because it “played no insignificant part in the defeat of the greatest Dark wizard of all time.”


More as this story develops.

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